The FCRV Campvention 2022 will be celebrating ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ July 10-15, 2022 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.  Early bird days are July 8 & 9.  Pueblo is located about 112 miles south of Denver, the Colorado state capital.  The fairgrounds reside on eighty acres of land that contains paved streets, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor stages, and impressive landscaping.  Trees line the streets, and there are shaded grass areas to sit and relax.  FCRV will have exclusive use of all facilities, parking areas, and grounds.  All buildings have either AC or swamp coolers to keep us cool.  The camping areas will be a combination of full-hookup sites and water & electric sites.  All parking will be strictly HOBO-style; sites will be assigned as you arrive at the gate.  If you want to camp next to someone, you must arrive together.

We gathered in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in 2021 after missing a year due to Covid-19.  In July, 2022, we’re looking for a larger gathering as more of our members feel comfortable to travel.  ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ in July in Pueblo, Colorado!  See you there!

CAMPVENTION 2022

  Details

Date:

July 10-15, 2022
Early Bird July 8th-9th


Location:

Colorado State Fairgrounds
1001 Beulah Ave.
Pueblo CO 81004

🗺️ Google Maps


Website:

https://coloradostatefair.com/


Cost:

Early Bird fee is $35.00 per Night Payable at the gate by cash or check.
Campvention Pre-Registration is $335.00 for one family in unit.


Event Organizer Contact:

Jeff and Shirley Kendle
Camppueblo2022@gmail.com

 Registration Options

Deadline For Pre-Registration:  June 1, 2022
Pay By Check: PDF Form
Pay Online: Not available at this time. 

 Event Form PDFs

Youth
Teen Queen
Teen King/Escort

Seminars
Program Ads
Table

Campvention 2022 [November Update]

‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’

 

The FCRV Campvention 2022 will be celebrating ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ July 10-15, 2022 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.  Early bird days are July 8 & 9.  Pueblo is located about 112 miles south of Denver, the Colorado state capital.  The fairgrounds reside on eighty acres of land that contains paved streets, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor stages, and impressive landscaping.  Trees line the streets, and there are shaded grass areas to sit and relax.  FCRV will have exclusive use of all facilities, parking areas, and grounds.  All buildings have either AC or swamp coolers to keep us cool.  The camping areas will be a combination of full-hookup sites and water & electric sites.  All parking will be strictly HOBO-style; sites will be assigned as you arrive at the gate.  If you want to camp next to someone, you must arrive together.

We gathered in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in 2021 after missing a year due to Covid-19.  In July, 2022, we’re looking for a larger gathering as more of our members feel comfortable to travel.  ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ in July in Pueblo, Colorado!  See you there!

CAMPVENTION HOSPITALITIES

by Larry Scott

 

It’s time to think about hosting a hospitality at 2022 Campvention hosted by Region 1.  

We hope that many of you are coming to the Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado next July, and what better way is there to meet new people and renew old acquaintances than to go to a hospitality.  Also, it’s a great way to share the virtues of your home state.  

We attended the 2021 Campvention in Wisconsin, and really enjoyed the meet and greets each evening after the evening program and one hot afternoon; the Teen King held a hospitality with very welcome popsicles.  

To make a long story short, it is time to send in applications to host a hospitality.  Send your applications to Larry Scott at (larryascott@yahoo.com).  The time assignments will be on the first come, first served basis. So please get your requests in as soon as possible.  The deadline is May 1, 2022.  The Hospitality Request Form can be found in this issue of Camping Today.

GOLF CART RENTALS FOR 2022 CAMPVENTION

By Jeff & Shirley Kendle

 

The 2022 Campvention will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado on July 10 – 15, 2022.  The complex is 80 acres, and we will have exclusive use of the whole fairgrounds.  There will be three 6-passenger trams running daily to help transport members around the fairgrounds to the different activities and functions.

In the past the Campvention Team has sub-rented golf carts for members use during Campvention.  As of 2021, this practice has changed.  Members wishing to rent a golf cart must contact the company directly and make their own arrangements.  

The 2022 Campvention Team has arranged for rentals of individual golf carts with Mile High Golf Carts.  Mile High Golf Carts has set aside ten 2-passenger golf carts and ten 4-passenger golf carts for members to rent. After those have been rented there is not a guarantee that additional golf carts will be available because July is their busiest time of the year.  If you would like to rent an individual Golf Cart, please contact Staci as soon as possible at 303-833-1400.  Staci will prepare a contract and collect the amount due at the time you call.

A 2-passenger golf cart will be $295.00 plus $22.42 tax for a total of $317.42.  A 4-passenger golf cart will be $330.00 plus 25.08 tax for a total of $355.08. In addition, there will be a delivery fee of $22.50 for each cart.   Individual golf carts will be delivered to the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Friday, July 8, 2022.  

If you have any issues with the golf carts, you will need to contact Mile High Golf Carts.

2022 CAMPVENTION ENTERTAINMENT: SHELVIS & THE ROUSTABOUTS

By: Jeff & Shirley Kendle

 

Make sure you have your dancing shoes on for the first night of entertainment at Campvention 2022.  Lori “Shelvis” Muha is an entertainment powerhouse. She captures the audience with her amazing vocals.  Lori aka “Shelvis” focuses on the music of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and other rockabilly pioneers.  Shelvis and the Roustabouts transport the audience to a time when rock was born. 

The entertainment is uniquely created by Lori.  This one-of-a-kind artist provides nothing short of electrifying impersonations of some of our most beloved male entertainers, yet recreated and delivered by a female artist! 

Shelvis and the Roustabouts continue to consistently draw large crowds and maintain a “sold out” status at local venues statewide.  Her loyal fan base pack the house wherever they play and stay until the end.  It’s not a gig, it’s a SHOW!!!  

Shelvis and the Roustabouts was voted Denver’s Best Band (2019) by the readers of 5280 Magazine.  Shelvis’s love for people and the stage will be quite evident from start to finish.

RED / COWBOY HAT LUNCHEON

by Team 6

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Any Hat Luncheon.  This will be a combined luncheon with both women and men attending at the same time.  Have kids?  The RM Summer Camp program is planning to entertain and feed your youth while the Luncheon is in progress!  So, this will be a great event for the whole family to enjoy.  

Make sure and check the “plan to attend” box on your registration form.

FAMILY FUN DAY

by Team 6

 

CARNIVAL will be the theme of this year’s Family Fun Day. As usual the Teens/Youth will be offering lunch for a reasonable charge.  We plan on both outdoor and indoor games and activities for all ages to enjoy. Family Fun Day is a great way to start off your Campvention week and see your friends, both old and new. 

Visit La Junta

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

 

About 70 miles east of Pueblo, site of the 2022 FCRV Campvention, is La Junta, situated along the Arkansas River.  La Junta is Spanish for ‘the junction’ – at the intersection of the Santa Fe Trail and a pioneer road to Pueblo.  La Junta developed near Bent’s Post (now designated as Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site) which was a fur trading post in the early 19th century.

In 2019 the FCRV Travalong visited Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (35110 State Highway 194, La Junta) where we learned that the fur company of Charles Bent, William Bent, and Ceran St. Vrain established the fort to trade with local Native Americans and the fur trappers.  ‘For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major white American permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. It was destroyed in 1849.’  The area was designated a National Historic Site in 1960.  The fort was rebuilt and is open to visit to explore life during that period in that location.  https://www.nps.gov/beol/index.htm 

The Koshare Indian Museum, 115 W 18th St, La Junta, was another favorite of the 2019 Travalong.  The museum is ‘a registered site of the Colorado Historical Society in La Junta, Colorado. The building, located on the Otero Junior College campus, is a tri-level museum with an attached kiva that is built with the largest self-supporting log roof in the world. The building was built in 1949.’  ‘The museum is different than many of its contemporaries in that it was founded by civic and history-minded local Boy Scouts in the years of the Great Depression.  Under the tutelage of their scout leader, the group set about amassing an impressive collection of Native American artifacts that tell a remarkably complete story of the culture’s fascinating histories.  The museum also hosts special events that include traditional dance and artwork and regularly scheduled guided tours.’

‘In February of 1933, sixteen Boy Scouts met in a backyard owned by the family of one of the boys. Under the inspired leadership of their Scoutmaster and the Koshares’ founder, James Francis “Buck” Burshears, the boys would form the Koshare Club. This club would be the foundation of the Koshare Dancers, the group whose efforts would build and expand the Koshare Museum.’ http://koshares.com/about/ By the late 1930s, the Koshare Dancers found great success as interpretive dancers. Buck and his boys decided to use the funds they earned through their performances to construct a great round room inspired from the kivas of the Anasazi. This structure gave them a new home for their Boy Scout Troop and the inspiration for what would become the Koshare Museum. With change from a pop machine and the dollar bills left in the donation basket, the group began purchasing artwork from New Mexico and Native American artifacts from around the country.

‘Today, their noteworthy collection, an extremely rare museum assembled by kids, contains original artwork from the Taos Art Colony Founders and Santa Fe Art Colony Founders, ancient artifacts from the Plains and Pueblo tribes, and several Western artifacts from the early days of the American West.  For fifty-four years, Buck Burshears would serve as the only Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop and more than 500 of his boys would achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Buck’s guidance and mentorship provided the foundation for an active and educational youth development program focusing on leadership enhancement, cultural enlightenment, and character enrichment.  The core of the Koshare Youth Program was based on scouting principles with a focus on artistic expression. The museum remains true to its origins and scouting remains a vital element within the Koshare organization.’

We personally first visited the museum and kiva in 1976 and attended the dances which included the snake dance with real snakes.  In 2019 we learned that they no longer use live snakes.  The museum, kiva, and the performance are a highlight of visiting La Junta.

The Crazy Tourist website also suggests visiting Picketwire Canyonlands, 1420 East 3rd St., La Junta, where you can see ancient dinosaur tracks and rock art images by prehistoric peoples.  Visit HERE

If La Junta and any of these sites are of interest to you, visit https://visitlajunta.net/about/explore/ to explore the possibilities for trip to Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July. Look for more touring possibilities in future issues of Camping Today.

Campvention 2022 [October Update]

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

Hiya Parents and Campers! 

Here at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp, we are so excited to see you next summer in Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 Region 1 Campvention! 

We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under; So, don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention!

Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022 Facebook group, and by email. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com

See you soon, 

Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAMPVENTION 2022

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle

The 2022 Campvention is just around the corner, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!  Campvention will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on July 10th – 15th, 2022.  As many of you are aware, it takes a village to put on a Campvention .  Volunteers are still needed for the following: 

  • Secretary –Co-Chair 
  • Communications/Security – Co-Chair
  • Sign/Bulletin Boards – Co-Chair 
  • Hospitalities – Co-Chair
  • Marketplace – Co-Chair 
  • Seminars – Co-Chair
  • Family Dance – Chair & Co-Chair 
  • Teen Center – Chair 
  • Teen Pageant – Chair 
  • Teen Sports – Co-Chair
  • Any Hat Luncheon – 2 Helpers

Your help is also needed once Campvention takes place in areas such as Registration, Security, Tram Drivers, Youth Center, Teen Center, and the Family Center.  If you would like to volunteer to help, make sure you enter that on the bottom of the 2022 Campvention Registration form.

If you or your state or province would like to host an activity in the Youth Center, Teen Center, or Family Center. let us know.  This can be anything from crafts to a movie night.

When you volunteer at Campvention, you have an opportunity to meet members from all over the United States and Canada.  Just ask anyone that has attended a Campvention, and they will tell you about all the friendships they have developed. According to a FCRV survey, sixty percent of members attend Campvention to see friends. 

Please contact Jeff & Shirley Kendle at camppueblo2022@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for one of the above positions or in hosting an activity. 

PUEBLO SEMINARS: Informative and Exciting

by  Debbie Detmer

We are working hard to provide important, timely and interesting information to all of you so that there are plenty of seminars for you to enjoy.  

The City of Pueblo is looking forward to hosting us and has agreed to send their police and fire departments to our event.  We expect to have seminars on personal and fire safety as well as being entertained and possibly amazed by their K-9, SWAT, and fire trucks!  

Hungry?  You will be!  Join us for the “Taste of Pueblo” or our Dutch Oven Cooking demonstrations.  

Do you like unique automobiles?  The Pueblo Hot Rod Club and Art Cars may keep you entertained.  

Of course, everyone knows how challenging maintaining your “rolling earthquake” may be – get helpful tips from various vendors and seminars on maintaining your RV.  

These are just a few of the interesting and educational events that are scheduled so far.  We’re continuing to look for new and creative topics you may enjoy.  If you have any suggestions, or would like to present a seminar, please email me at DLD.Ventures@outlook.com.

GOLF CART RENTALS FOR 2022 CAMPVENTION

By Jeff & Shirley Kendle

The 2022 Campvention will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado on July 10 – 15, 2022.  The complex is 80 acres, and we will have exclusive use of the whole fairgrounds.  There will be three 6-passenger trams running daily to help transport members around the fairgrounds to the different activities and functions.

In the past the Campvention Team has sub-rented golf carts for members’ use during Campvention.  As of 2021, this practice has changed.  Members wishing to rent a golf cart must contact the company directly and make their own arrangements.  

The 2022 Campvention Team has arranged for rentals of individual golf carts with Mile High Golf Carts.  Mile High Golf Carts has set aside ten 2-passenger golf carts and ten 4-passenger golf carts for members to rent. After those have been rented, there is not a guarantee that additional golf carts will be available because July is their busiest time of the year.  If you would like to rent an individual Golf Cart, please contact Staci as soon as possible at 303-833-1400.  Staci will prepare a contract and collect the amount due at the time you call.

A 2-passenger golf cart will be $295.00 plus $22.42 tax for a total of $317.42.  Delivery fee will be an additional charge of approximately $22.50.

A 4-passenger golf cart will be $330.00 plus 25.08 tax for a total of $355.08. Delivery fee will be an additional charge of approximately $22.50.  

Individual Golf carts will be delivered to the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Friday, July 8, 2022.  

If you have any issues with the golf carts, you will need to contact Mile High Golf Carts.

CAMPVENTION HOSPITALITIES

by Larry Scott

It’s time to think about hosting a hospitality at 2022 Campvention hosted by
Region 1.  

We hope that many of you are coming to the Campvention in Pueblo, Colorado next July, and what better way is there to meet new people and renew old acquaintances then to go to a hospitality.  Also, it’s a great way to share the virtues of your home state or province.  

We attended the 2021 Campvention in Wisconsin, and really enjoyed the ‘meet and greets’ each evening after the evening program, and one hot afternoon, the Teen King had a hospitality with very welcome popsicles.  

To make a long story short, it is time to send in applications to host a hospitality.  Send your applications to Larry Scott at (larryascott@yahoo.com).  The time assignments will be on the first come, first served basis. So please get your requests in as soon as possible.  The deadline is May 1, 2022.  The Hospitality Request Form can be found in this issue of Camping Today.

Young Vendor – Kinley Cotton Candy Creations

by Larry Yarberry, Commercial Chair

Kinley McBride is a 10 year old entrepreneur located in Canon City, Colorado.  She founded her business in January of this year.  Since January she has booked over 75 events to include birthday parties, festivals, and weddings.  Kinley has over sixteen flavors and will be bringing her yummy creations for FCRV members to enjoy at Campvention 2022!!!  Prepare to line-up at Kinley’s booth and get some Cotton Candy.

Visit 10-year-old’s cotton candy business takes off in Cañon City | FOX21 News Colorado for more information on  Kinley Cotton Candy Creations.   

Larry Yarberry recommends using www.campspot.com when traveling, especially when traveling to Campvention 2022!

CAMPVENTION 2021 PARKING INFORMATION

Plans are under way for the FCRV 2022 Campvention. The campvention is being held in Pueblo, Colorado.  Registration forms can be found in Camping Today and on the FCRV website.  Parking for the 2022 Campvention will be HOBO style. If you would like to camp with your state/province, you must arrive at the gate with them.   Come early and enjoy the sites surrounding Pueblo, Colorado.  You will not be disappointed.  Hope to see everyone in July.

Recommendations of Places to Visit Before, During, or After Campvention 2022

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

After asking the Campvention 2022 Chairs & Co-chairs’ for recommendations of places to visit,  I want to share some of those to aid in your preparation for traveling to Colorado in July.

From Larry Yarberry, Commercial Chair:  Royal Gorge is 36 miles from Pueblo.  “The Royal Gorge is a canyon of the Arkansas River located west of Cañon City, Colorado. The canyon begins at the mouth of Grape Creek, about 2 mi west of central Cañon City, and continues in a west-northwesterly direction for approximately 6 mi until ending near U.S. Route 50. Being one of the deepest canyons in Colorado, it is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas (River), with a maximum depth of 1,250 ft. The canyon is also very narrow, measuring from 50 ft wide at its base to 300 ft wide at its top, as it carves a path through the granite formations below Fremont Peak and YMCA Mountain, which rise above the north and south rims, respectively.”  Judy Kimzey added, “Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge.   There are several prisons in area, including the Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. 1st Street, Cañon City.  (https://prisonmuseum.org/)  There is also rafting and helicopter tours of area (area known for orchards and fruit crops.”   Visit www.youtube.com and view several videos of the Royal Gorge and visit www.colorado.com/articles/royal-gorge-things-see-do to prepare you for your visit.

Judy Kimzey, Adult Center Chair, suggested several ideas for those traveling to and from Campvention:   Trinidad: camping suggestions -Trinidad Lake State Park or Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg.   2 attractions: Mt. San Rafael Hospital – ceramic tile wall depicting the history of Spanish settlement to mining interests to present created by Sister Agusta Zimmer, a nun in her 80s.  It is  remarkable and colorful.  (www.youtube.com/watch?v=a20Td7L_VPE) The trolley tour of town is suggested for an historical look at how the area was settled, including the hospital renowned for sex change surgeries in late 20th century.  Many Indian weaving and jewelry products are available in town.  Outside of town to the north – site of Ludlow Massacre “which was a mass killing perpetrated by anti-striker militia during the Colorado Coalfield War. Soldiers from the Colorado National Guard and private guards employed by Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) attacked a tent colony of roughly 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. Approximately 21 people, including miners’ wives and children, were killed. where coal mining work stoppages and owners conflict caused CO militia to be summoned to stop the insurrection.”  Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qIHN68YNXw to learn about this event.   

Visit the coke ovens just outside Trinidad to the northwest at Cokedale.  Cokedale, a National Historic District.  “Here you’ll find the surreal sight of what looks like is from the Roman Empire. These arching alcoves are actually the remnants of what used to be coke ovens used for smelting coal from the nearby mine.”   www.colorado.com/articles/trinidad-walsenburg-la-veta-cuchara-highway-legends  and www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAzu1gFhnFY

Lyle & Marilyn Luttrell, Campvention Team 4 Co-chairs, shared another interesting site to visit in Trinidad…the Art Cartopia Museum in Trinidad.  “Art Cartopia is an Art Car museum that came about due to the success of ArtoCade, Trinidad’s yearly art car festival. The museum is home to over 35 art cars and serves as a regional center of creativity and shenanigans.  And what is an Art Car? See… art cars are hard to define. Basically, an art car can take a variety of forms, and the results are varied. Some are activist works, others are the result of amazing collaborations, and still others are sculptures on wheels. Many are simply wacky ideas created using found objects and made by ‘cartists’. Creations may take days, months or years to complete. Many are street-legal and highway-ready, others are parade floats.  Our tour was guided by Rodney, who ‘splained features and makings of the many whimsical, quirky, funky art cars on display in the free museum.  Find more Information on the Art Cartopia Museum and Artocade Festival at www.artcartopia.com.”

Next month I will share more suggested places of interest to visit around Campvention 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado in July.  Stay tuned…….

Campvention 2022 [September Update]

Campvention 2022 Introduction

by Jeff & Shirley Kendle, Campvention 2022 Chair


62nd INTERNATIONAL CAMPVENTION
FAMILY CAMPERS & RV’ers – Hosted by Far West Region 1
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN BLISS”

Colorado State Fairgrounds
1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004

Campvention Days:  July 10 – 15, 2022
EARLY BIRD DAYS: July 8 & 9, 2022 

“Rocky Mountain Bliss” is the theme for the 2022 FCRV Campvention. The Rocky Mountain Bliss team is hard at work planning many exciting and fun activities for a great Campvention week from July 10 – July 15, 2022, with departure on Saturday, July 16th. Future issues of CAMPING TODAY will give details on entertainment, activities, seminars, games, and site-seeing opportunities. 

Check out our Facebook group – “FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022”.  This is another platform to communicate with FCRV members regarding upcoming events and activities that will take place at Campvention. 

You can find the 2022 Campvention Registration Form in Camping Today, on the FCRV website at Campvention 2022 – Family Campers and RVers (fcrv.org), and on the Facebook Group. 

We can always use your help. So, if you are interested, contact Shirley or Jeff Kendle at camppueblo2022@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado for the 2022 Campvention. 

Rocky Mountain Summer Camp Hello Message

by Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Hiya Campers!
Here at the Rocky Mountain Summer Camp, we are so excited to see you next summer in
Pueblo, Colorado, at the 2022 Campvention hosted by Region 1!
We have many fun crafts, games, and activities planned for all those 12 years and under;
So, don’t forget to register for the 2022 Campvention!
Also, be on the lookout for further announcements regarding the Rocky Mountain
Summer Camp that can be found in Camping Today, on the FCRV Region 1 Campvention 2022
Facebook group, and by email.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022, and if you have any questions about the
Rocky Mountain Summer Camp program, please email camppueblo2022@gmail.com
See you soon, Your Camp Counselors, Breanna and Dez

Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo Colorado


By Jeff & Shirley Kendle, Campvention Chair

The location of the 2022 Campvention will be the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado. Many of you may have attended the 2007 Campvention; however, since then there have been numerous improvements to the grounds, buildings, and parking areas. The fairgrounds reside on eighty acres of land that contains paved streets, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor stages, and impressive landscaping. Trees line the streets, and there are shaded grass areas to sit and relax. We will have picnic tables placed in a few areas so you can sit outside and enjoy your lunch, socialize, and take in the warm summer air. 

For the 2022 Campvention, FCRV will have exclusive use of all facilities, parking areas, and grounds. All buildings have either air condition or swamp coolers to keep us cool during the summer heat. There is even a restaurant on site that we will be negotiating with to have open where you will be able to sit, relax, and have a cool drink. 

There are three parking areas at the Fairgrounds, the Carnival Lot, the Event Center Lot, and Fountain Park. There is a combination of full-hook-up sites and water and electric sites. The majority of the sites have 50 amp; however, some sites have 35 amp. All parking will be strictly HOBO style, and sites will be assigned as you arrive at the gate, so if you want to camp next to someone you must arrive with them. 

See you in Pueblo!!

Pueblo, Colorado


by Barb Turner, Campvention Publicity Chair

Pueblo, Colorado is the site of the FCRV 2022 Campvention where attendees will celebrate ‘Rocky Mountain Bliss’ July 10-15, 2022.  Pueblo is located at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek about 112 miles south of Denver, the Colorado state capital.  The climate is considered semi-arid desert land which experiences about 12 inches of precipitation each year.  It’s located in the ‘Banana Belt’ of Colorado which means that Pueblo gets less snow that the major cities of Colorado.  Snow won’t be an issue in July!!

Historically, James Beckwourth, George Simpson, and other trappers are said to have helped construct the plaza that became known as El Pueblo and Fort Pueblo around 1842.  Trading between the trappers and Native Americans in the area uninterrupted till late 1854 when a war party of Utes and Jicarilla Apaches under the Ute chief Tierra Blanca “allegedly killed between fifteen and nineteen men and captured two children and one woman in what became known as the Fort Pueblo Massacre”.  The trading post was then abandoned till it gained importance again between 1858 and 1859 during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859.

“By the early 1870s the city was being hailed as a beacon of development, with newspapers like the Chicago Tribune boasting of how the region’s lawless reputation was giving way to orderly agriculture with triumphalist rhetoric. One author crowed of Pueblo that ‘the necessity exists no longer for Sharp’s rifles and revolvers. These have been supplied by the plow and the mowing-machine.’

“Pueblo’s development stretched beyond agriculture. Steel emerged as a key industry very early, and in 1909 the city was considered the only steel town west of the Mississippi River.”  With the growth of the Colorado Fuel & Iron (CF&I) Steel Mill and influx of immigrants to work in the mill, Pueblo became the ‘Melting Pot of the West’ with at one point more than 40 languages were spoken in the steel mill and more than 2 dozen foreign language newspapers were published in Pueblo.

“Until a series of major floods culminated in the Great Flood of 1921, Pueblo was considered the ‘Saddle-Making capital of the World’. Roughly one-third of Pueblo’s downtown businesses were lost in this flood, along with a substantial number of buildings. Pueblo struggled with this significant loss, but has had resurgence in growth.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo,_Colorado

‘The current city of Pueblo represents the consolidation of four towns: Pueblo (incorporated 1870), South Pueblo (incorporated 1873), Central Pueblo (incorporated 1882), and Bessemer (incorporated 1886). Pueblo, South Pueblo, and Central Pueblo legally consolidated as the City of Pueblo between March 9 and April 6, 1886. Bessemer joined Pueblo in 1894.

The City of Pueblo is also known as the ‘Home of Heroes’. This moniker was in a speech in 1993 by then Colorado Representative Scott McInnis as he spoke to Congress about the uniqueness of a city Pueblo’s size having a record four recipients of the Medal of Honor claiming Pueblo as their hometown: William J. Crawford, Army WWII; Carl L. Sitter, Marines Korea; Raymond J, “Jerry” Murphy, Marines Korea; and Drew D. Dix, Army Vietnam. At the time, all four men were alive. The speech, which became part of the Congressional Record, caused the City to adopt the name ‘Home of Heroes’. It has increased in popularity over the years. In September of 2000, a memorial was created with four larger than life size bronze statues representing Pueblo’s four recipients and it included large granite plaques as backdrops at the Memorial with the names of all Medal of Honor recipients since Civil War times when the award was first conceived. This was unveiled in downtown Pueblo at the Pueblo Convention Center during the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s national convention.

“The flags in the city’s official seal, which fly above the banner ‘under 5 flags’, represent the 5 countries and territories that held dominion over the Pueblo area during the last 2 centuries. Those countries are France, Mexico, Texas, Spain, and of course, the United States of America.  Included in the seal is a representation of old Fort Pueblo, the 1st permanent structure in the area. Pueblo was incorporated in 1870, at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain River. The waters of these 2 rivers are represented by the waves beneath the fort.” (https://www.pueblo.us/119/History-of-Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado, site of Campvention 2022, is an interesting city and area to explore.  Over the months leading up to Campvention, sites to see and things to do will be shared to prepare our FCRV family when we convene in July, 2022.

Photos – https://www.pueblo.us/119/History-of-Pueblo